Indrayaga, Indrayāga: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Indrayāga (इन्द्रयाग).—Performed every year by Nanda and other gopas to please Indra, the Lord of rains and hence conducive to trivarga. Kṛṣṇa explained that rain was the work of nature, and that no credit went to Indra. So he persuaded them to worship cows, Brāhmaṇas and hills. So it happened. Indra who was thus deprived of his bali grew wrathful and sent down a continuous heavy downpour of rain creating panic in the minds of gopas. Kṛṣṇa took hold of the hill Govardhana and held it aloft as an umbrella steadily for seven days. Astonished at this, Indra withdrew his rains and Govardhana was planted in its place.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 24 (whole); ch. 25. 1-28.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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